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Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 10:36 am

Posted by Chip Patterson

Even with a projected Top 10 draft stock, USC quarterback Matt Barkley has decided to return for another season with the Trojans.

The junior from Newport Beach made his decision official on Thursday, making his announcement in the shadows of the USC greats in Heritage Hall.

"I am prepared to play quarterback in the NFL," Barkley explained. "It is my dream to play quarterback in the NFL. I intend to make that dream a reality.

"But I also know that I came to the University of Southern California to compete, and have a rare journey as a USC football player, to earn a degree from this exceptional university, and forge life-long bonds with the Trojan family.

"I will earn my degree, the bonds have been forged, but I know in my heart that I have not yet finished my journey as a Trojan football player. Our USC football team has been through some tough times, and we have persevered. The 2012 has some serious unfinished business to attend to, and I intend to play a part in it."

The crowd erupted, the band began playing, and the junior from Newport Beach flashed a smile as he confirmed what many USC fans had hoped.

Barkley threw for 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while completing 69.1 percent of his passes and leading the Trojans to a 10-2 record in 2011. He returns to Southern Cal with his two favorite receivers from the past season - Robert Woods and Marquise Lee - and will bring lofty expectations to the program for the first time since the Pete Carroll era.

Barkley was projected by many to be a Top 10 selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, but the lure of one more season as the Trojans starting quarterback was enough to bring him back to school. With the way USC finished the season in 2011, they will likely be early favorites to compete for a National Championship in 2012.  Barkley grew up dreaming of playing for USC, and with the NCAA sanctions lifted he will get the opportunity to lead the Trojans to a Pac-12 title - or possibly more.  

For much more on Barkley's decision to return, check out Trojans RapidReports from's Chris Huston

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Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:42 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

He doesnt want to give all that college ass he is gettin'

Matt Barkley is not like that. That is what you guys dont seem to realize. He comes from a very grounded and religious family. Not on the level that say Tebow is but still pretty strong. He has been nothing but a class act his entire time at USC. If you want to talk about that kinda crap then lets talk about the Irish. Uh lets see what high profile players do you have over there right now hmmmm lets see..... Um oh yeah thats right NOBODY. Your school is irrelevant...  

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:09 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:50 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Booooo Yaaaaa beaches, she brought home some fries and a Cherry Pie.  damn, this is the best Christmas Evarrr

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:38 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

I was thinking about having a TV dinner a little while ago.  And then my wife called and said she was bringing home some burgers after she stopped at Wal Mart for a few things.  Now I'm having burgers.  I am anxious for her to get home, the kids are driving me crazy.  I swear that youngest one isn't mine.  Anyway, where was I going with this.  Oh yeah, who gives a rats patootie about Matt Barkley.  Have a merry Christmas all. 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:05 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Is there more to it?  I would commend him if it was to stay in school and get his education and then go to the pros.  But will
he have a real class schedule or will it be just to take classes for fun?    It just seems strange to me that he is staying in school
with all the possibilities of injury, unless he is getting something in return.   I just hope the boosters haven't gotten smarter
with their payments and their is something shady going on.  I really hope it is just a guy wanting to get his education
and commit to his teammates for the right reasons.   It just is so hard to believe.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:57 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Smart move. Andre Luck cornered the Number 1 overall pick market this year.  Why not come out next year when he has a chance to be a number one overall.  Plus a bowl game in college would be nice and aren't the sanctions lifted next year?

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:42 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC


I would just like to say that it's been my dream to not play for USC and I will not be there next year. Only to go out with Erin Andrews. Someone start up the band.

Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:34 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Barkley signs 1yr deal with USC.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:19 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Did we really need a press conference for this?  How about a one liner from the school saying he is staying? 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:10 pm

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

I think it is great that Barkley is in a position where he can do what he wants to do at this point.  There was no question that he was returning once the news conference was announced, so there was not much of a surprise factor there.  But this was an opportunity for USC to get a bit of positive pub, and that is what they did.  Good for them.  Barkely's return does make USC a serious contender for the upcoming season prior to the recruiting sanctions taking place after that, so they are going "all in" in 2012.  Should help make for an exciting season next year. 

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